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Try 8 of the Best Ocean City Boardwalk Restaurants

So many seafood choices,
including fresh oysters!

It’s a bright, sunny day in Ocean City, MD. You’re walking along the boardwalk, basking in the salty air. Some make their way to the beach to work on their tans. Others enjoy shopping in eclectic stores or trying out the thrilling boardwalk rides and games. As you look around to choose your next move on this wonderful day, your stomach begins to growl. Now, you start to smell the aroma of sweet treats wafting in the breeze while people walk by holding hot funnel cakes. You know what to do — it’s time to try out some of the best Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants!

However, you can’t begin your restaurant-sampling adventure if you don’t have a place to stay nearby. With Vantage Vacation Rentals, you can enjoy accommodations directly on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. You’ll love being so close to everything our beautiful destination has to offer.

Ocean City Boardwalk Restaurants for All Your Dining Needs

If you’re wondering when to visit Ocean City, MD, for the best dining experience, you’ll be happy to know that the boardwalk stays open year round! Browse through this collection of restaurants to begin planning your perfect vacation!

Quick Snacks

Love’s Lemonade & Funnel Cake

If you’re looking for classic boardwalk fare, you’ve come to the right place. Love’s Lemonade & Funnel Cake is a small stand that serves a wide range of items. Find freshly squeezed lemonade, corn dogs, chicken tenders, shaved ice, hot dogs, and so much more! Of course, you can’t leave the stand without trying their famous funnel cakes that come in a variety of crazy flavors.

Thrasher’s French Fries


Best french fries on the O.C. boardwalk!

In a time filled with change and innovation, Thrasher’s French Fries sticks to their original way of creating the savory, golden snack. Since 1929, the establishment provides fresh, hand-cut fries to Ocean City, Maryland. They let the deliciousness of the potatoes speak for themselves by only offering salt and vinegar as a topping and by frying them in peanut oil. For any spud lovers out there, you have to try this simple yet perfectly calculated recipe for the best french fries on the entire boardwalk!

Piezano’s Pizza

Sometimes, pizza is the perfect fix to satisfy your hunger. We suggest checking out Piezano’s Pizza when you’re craving a cheesy slice of heaven! This food stand was first established in 1962 and has served the boardwalk in Ocean City ever since! Grab a slice of fresh pie made from scratch every day for a truly doughy delight.

Beers and Bar Bites

9th Street Taphouse

Classic American bar bites

Unwind from the bustling boardwalk with a stop at the 9th Street Taphouse. Here, you’ll love the selection of over 35 craft beers on tap. Pair your choice with classic American bar bites like burgers and wings. This is a popular venue for live music, perfect for kicking back and enjoying the tunes over a hearty, delicious meal.

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub

Stop by Shenanigan’s Irish Pub for an interesting fusion of Irish cuisine with Ocean City, MD flair. Enjoy sampling Irish classics while sitting on the outdoor patio overlooking the stunning water. And, it wouldn’t be a true pub without a fantastic selection of draft beers to quench your thirst.

Fresh Seafood

Fresh Chesapeake & Delaware Bay oysters

Bull on the Beach

No trip to the boardwalk in Ocean City is complete without sampling local seafood. Bull on the Beachoffers a raw bar that’s sure to cure your craving for freshly caught delicacies like oysters and clams. They also offer steamed shrimp, steamed mussels with garlic butter, crab cakes, fresh flounder, and more!

Harrison’s Harbor Watch

For a fine dining option filled with exquisitely crafted seafood dishes, you have to visit Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Try a Maryland classic, rockfish, for some authentic local flavors. Or, opt for delicious seafood pasta filled with shrimp, lump crab, and mussels, or indulge in shrimp ravioli topped with lobster cream sauce. They also have a raw bar featuring Chesapeake & Delaware Bay oysters, as well as freshly shucked clams. To top it off, this is the best place to enjoy gorgeous views of the inlet with your dining experience!

Find Your Happy Place in Ocean City, MD

Steps away from Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants.

Vantage Vacation Rentals offers over 500 lovely properties, and many of them are steps away from these Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants. They offer much more than convenient locations, though. Our properties also feature spectacular amenities and exclusive guest benefitsjust for choosing Vantage. Browse our accommodationsto take the first step toward your vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. You’re just a couple of clicks away from your paradise!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Aerial View of Downtown Ocean City Festival and Inlet

Ocean City Springfest and Running Events

Springfest 2019 (May 2 – 5) and Running Events in Ocean City, Maryland

Flowers blooming, birds singing, bands rocking, sneakers pounding—that’s how we usher in springtime in Ocean City, Maryland. To celebrate the warmer temps and longer days, Ocean City hosts special events for revelers and runners of all ages. Here’s a look at what’s happening this spring—and why you should plan on making the trip.

Ocean City Springfest 2019

Springfest
Springfest

It’s a springtime tradition like no other—a four-day festival in the Ocean City Inlet Lot, free and fun for all. Springfest 2019, held May 2–5, features music, over 30 food vendors, unique arts and crafts and family-friendly activities under four huge big top tents.

You’ll find two stages featuring a continuous variety of musical performances throughout the day. And Springfest has an evening entertainment lineup that will rock you. It all starts with Almost Queen on Thursday—giving fans the next best thing to the full Freddie Mercury experience. On Friday, Grammy award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes brings a career full of hits to the stage. Saturday is a journey back in time with Night Ranger and their special guests, The Reagan Years. Tickets for each performance are available at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office or online at Ticketmaster. Getting around for Springfest 2019 couldn’t be easier. The Springfest Express offers visitors direct service to the Inlet Lot from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. This non-stop express ride costs only $3 with all-day boarding, and parking is free at the south lot of the Convention Center. You can also ride the Boardwalk tram to the Springfest grounds for only $3 per person one-way. Want to learn more about Springfest 2019? Just call the friendly folks at the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department at 410-250-0125, or toll-free 1-800-626-2326.

Put some spring in your step  

Spring is running season, and Ocean City, MD, welcomes hardcore and casual athletes for its popular 2019 running events.

Running season in Ocean City, MD

The famous OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon/5K 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 27—one week before Springfest. The 13.1-mile course starts in the natural splendor of Assateague Island, takes you along scenic route 611 and finishes in the historic downtown Ocean City Inlet. Military members pay a reduced half marathon registration rate. The after party includes food and refreshments, plus live music and the award ceremony. Proceeds from the race benefit Worcester Youth and Family Counseling.

On Saturday, May 11, lace up for a good cause with the 4th Annual Lyme Disease Awareness 5K Run/Walk on the Boardwalk. The race starts and finishes next to the Inlet parking lot. Join your fellow runners and walkers at the Cork Bar after for a celebration. All proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit group Fight the Bite, which educates people about tick-borne illnesses.

Plan your spring escape today


Enjoy the relaxing view

Whether you’re running, dancing, eating or just taking it all in, Ocean City, Maryland, has an event for you this spring. To plan your stay near all the action, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at 410-723-2002 Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Explore the Ocean City Boardwalk

Aerial view of the Ocean City boardwalk

The Ocean City boardwalk has earned spots on top travel lists and in the hearts of visitors, but you don’t need to take their word for it. Come and experience it for yourself! This iconic strip is home to tasty food, unique souvenirs, fun rides, and more. Over two miles of entertainment await you, and many of the best activities are free! People have made countless memories here, and we’d like to help you do the same.

Check out our local tips and book one of our vacation rentals nearby to make the most of your boardwalk adventures!

The Ultimate Guide to the Ocean City Boardwalk

Take a Journey in Time

Did you know that the Ocean City boardwalk dates back to 1902? It all started over 100 years ago when hotels wanted to make it easier for guests to explore the shore. What began as a temporary installment eventually became a permanent structure in 1910. A storm devastated the boardwalk in 1962, but it wasn’t long before it was back and better than ever. Today, it runs from inlet north to 27th Street, providing endless excitement and beautiful oceanfront views.

Join the Fun

Fun on an Ocean City boardwalk carousel

Ask ten people about their favorite activities on the boardwalk, and you’ll get ten different answers. There’s just so much to love! Search for treasures at souvenir shops, test your skills at carnival games, and go for a spin on a variety of amusement park rides. Or, grab a seat on a bench and relax among the warm sunshine and cool sea breezes. You might even see some talented street performers! Here are a few popular attractions that might become your new favorites:

Treat Your Taste Buds

When hunger strikes on the boardwalk, you’re always a short walk away from delicious food. Grab a meal at one of the local restaurants or satisfy your sweet tooth with treats like funnel cake, ice cream, and caramel popcorn. Just don’t forget to try some of Thrasher’s famous french fries! Let the enticing aromas lead the way to these fantastic eateries:

Attend Must-See Events

Ocean City beach lights

Would you like to add some excitement to your vacation? Some of Ocean City’s biggest celebrations take place at the Inlet Parking Lot by the boardwalk! From car show to concerts, there’s something for everyone. Mark your calendars for one of these upcoming events, and get ready for a memorable experience in Ocean City!

Stay on the lookout for several free events in the summer months, like live music, laser light shows, and fireworks, too!

Visitor Tips

Navigate the boardwalk like a pro with our local tips! Here’s what you should know before you go:

  • Ocean City Boardwalk parking is limited, especially in the summertime. Luckily, you can take advantage of the Ocean City Beach Bus or the Boardwalk Tram.
  • Or, rent a bicycle from Dandy Don’s and pedal your way to your favorite attractions!
  • Pets are welcome on the boardwalk from October 1st to April 30th.
  • Hours vary between businesses. Visit their websites for the most up-to-date information.
  • Get a sneak peek at the excitement before you arrive via the Ocean City Boardwalk Cam!

Stay Within Walking Distance of the Boardwalk!

Just a few steps away from the boardwalk


If the Ocean City beach boardwalk sounds like the place for you, we can help you enjoy it to the fullest. Vantage Vacation Rentals has a wide variety of properties nearby in Belmont Towers, Bahia Vista I, OC Boardwalk Suites, Oceans Pointe, and South Beach. After waking up to the sweet sounds of the ocean, simply walk over to your favorite boardwalk attractions. Plus, all of our rentals come with a suite of guest benefits, like discounts around town and free gym passes!

Explore our portfolio of properties now and find your happy place!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Family Looking At Artifacts In Glass Case On Trip

Fun Indoor Activities in Ocean City, MD

Don’t let the weather rain on your parade! When the forecast looks bleak, simply add these indoor activities in Ocean City, MD, to your itinerary. (They’re plenty of fun even if it’s not raining!) Whether you’re exploring the oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not or competing for the putt-putt champion at an indoor mini golf course, you’re in for a fantastic time. Check out some of our top recommendations below, then book your stay and enjoy them all!

Discover Some of the Best Indoor Activities in Ocean City, MD

1. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

Save some time to check out the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum this year! The U.S. Coast Guard once used this Downtown destination until 1964, and now it harbors a wealth of information and artifacts from history. Step inside and explore a variety of permanent exhibits, like Sands From Around the World and The Boardwalk of Yesterday. Don’t forget to check out the Wreck in the Offing which commemorates the heroic deeds of the United States Life-Saving Service!

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Are you fascinated by strange stories and peculiar artifacts? If so, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is the place for you! Satisfy your curiosity by heading to the boardwalk and entering a world of bizarre wonders. After exploring the exhibits, test your navigation skills in the mirror maze or see if you can conquer Ripley’s Impossible Laserace. This museum in Ocean City, MD, offers fun for the whole family!

3. Ocean City Center for the Arts

Ocean City Center for the Arts

Get in touch with your creative side with a visit to the Ocean City Center for the Arts! There’s a two-story gallery, pottery studio, classrooms, and so much more. You won’t have any trouble finding fun things to do here. When you’re not viewing the exhibits, try your hand in their art classes on everything from watercolors to sculptures!

4. Indoor Putt-Putt at Old Pro Golf

Who says you can only play mini golf outside? Not the folks at Old Pro Golf! They offer two indoor courses, so you never have to say no to a friendly mini-golf challenge. Grab your friends and family and see if you can score a hole-in-one at the Undersea Adventure course at 68th Street or Safari Village at 136th Street. Indoor mini golf is also one of the best winter activities in Ocean City, MD, because these courses are open year round!

5. Shopping Around Town

Shopping in Ocean City

Your friends might be jealous that you’re vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, but bringing back fun souvenirs is sure to put a smile on their face! Take a stroll through the Gold Coast Mall or the Tanger Outlets and see what treasures you find. Don’t forget to treat yourself to something special, too!

6. Dining at Ocean City Restaurants

There’s no better excuse for staying indoors than enjoying the incredible restaurants in Ocean City, MD. Our coastal paradise is full of delicious foods to satisfy your hunger and leave you wanting more. Whether you’re craving fresh seafood or hearty barbecue, there’s a tasty menu with your name on it. You might even be able to pair your meal with live music performances! Check out a few of our favorites at our Area Restaurants page.

7. Enjoy a Relaxing Afternoon in Your Vacation Rental

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There are so many fantastic indoor activities in Ocean City, Maryland, including relaxing with your friends and family in a cozy vacation rental! Vantage Ocean City Rentals has a wide selection of properties to help make that happen. You can lounge inside and watch your favorite movies, cook a delicious meal in your full kitchen, and spend some quality time together. When the weather clears up, you’re just a short walk away from your favorite outdoor attractions!

Explore our Ocean City vacation rentals and find your happy place today!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Family Vacation

How to Plan the Perfect Family Vacation in Ocean City, MD

Ocean City Boardwalk Downtown
Ocean City, MD’s famous downtown Boardwalk area

You look forward to it all year long. You save up for it. And you dream about a summer beach vacation that is nothing but fun and relaxation. So, what can you do to make sure your vacation meets or exceeds everyone’s expectations. In a word, planning.

A little planning goes a long way when it comes to the family vacation in Ocean City, MD. Planning helps to keep stress at bay and drama to a minimum. At Vantage, we know a lot about planning happy vacations. Our team has put together some expert tips to help you get the most from your trip to the beach.

Be mindful of the dates

Ocean City, MD, is a hub of activity all summer long, attracting families from across the Mid-Atlantic region. There are some weeks that are especially popular, including the week after high school graduation, around the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention in mid-June and the days surrounding the 4th of July holiday. You may want to plan your trip for or around events like these, depending on your preferences for crowds.

Create an itinerary (but stay flexible)

Amusement Rides Ocean City
Decide which activities are on your family’s bucket list

“What are we going to do today?” It’s an innocent enough question, but if you don’t have answers, or if everyone in your crew insists on doing their own favorite activity, you can end up wasting too much of your precious vacation time.

Before you even pack up the car, call an official family meeting. Ask everyone for ideas about what they want to see and do, like walking the Boardwalk, renting bicycles, spending a day at Jolly Roger amusements, fishing and crabbing off the pier and visiting the shops along Coastal Highway. You can even do a little research before your family meeting to learn about any new attractions and activities.

Once you have your list of options, rough out a daily schedule so everyone can see their ideas represented. You’re certainly free to change and adapt as your week plays out, but this way you will at least have a starting point. Here’s a helpful hint: If you plan an activity that could go late into the evening, avoid choosing something too early the following morning. Vacation can be tiring!

Take time for adventure

Wild Ponies of Assateague Island
Plan a day trip to see the wild ponies of Assateague Island

Head off the beaten path. Go outside your comfort zone. Whatever you want to call it, you can make some of the best vacation memories by experiencing the thrill of an expedition and the pursuit of the unknown. (File this under “go exploring” for the itinerary mentioned above.)

If you’ve been to Ocean City before, seek out areas you’ve never seen. Take a day trip over to Assateague Island. Tour the neighborhoods and restaurants in Ocean Pines or West Ocean City. Take some bikes for a cruise along the peaceful bay.

Unplug as much as possible

If you don’t have to check in with work, just leave it behind. (It will be there when you get back.) If your job demands that you check email or call in, try to pick just one or two time periods each day—preferably before or after the times you have set aside for fun activities. And set your email auto-reply so people know you may be a while before getting back to them.

Cook up a meal plan

Family Eating Dinner on Vacation
Whether eating in or dining out, plan your meal strategy

For some, going on vacation means hitting the restaurant circuit for every meal, every day. Others prefer to dine out only occasionally and prepare some meals at their vacation rental home. Wherever you fall in this spectrum, it’s smart to map out your meal strategy in advance.

Figure out first how many times you want to eat out, and for what meals. Then, similar to how you created your itinerary, ask family members if they have any favorite places or “musts” as far as restaurants go. You can whittle the list down from there if necessary.

If you plan to cook some meals, bring some of your ingredients from home if space allows. You may be able to get some items for less by shopping close to home.

Don’t let weather rain on your parade

Old Pro Golf Ocean City MD
Old Pro Golf’s indoor mini-golf is great for a rainy day

It’s summertime in Ocean City, MD. The weather can be predictably unpredictable. A sunny morning can quickly turn into a downpour. That won’t dampen your spirits if you prepare ahead of time with a list of rainy-day activities. Take a trip to the movies at one of Ocean City’s several theaters. See what’s weird and wild at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on the Boardwalk. Play a friendly game of indoor putt-putt at Old Pro Golf. Or put your puzzle-solving skills to the test at the Escapomania escape room. For some good old-fashioned family fun, break out a favorite boardgame and snacks.

Choose the right accommodations

This. Above all else, this. You inevitably spend lots of hours together “back at the place.” (See above about rainy days.) If that place isn’t comfortable, if it’s too crowded, if it’s not properly maintained, if it’s too far from everything, your harmonious together time could be in serious jeopardy.

Sunset Island 5 Beach Side Mews Living Room
Book with comfort in mind (pictured: 5 Beach Side Mews)

Fortunately, finding and booking the right vacation rental for you family vacation in Ocean City, MD isn’t the roll of the dice it used to be. The Internet is incredibly helpful at researching properties and areas throughout Ocean City. Your best bet is always to work with local professionals who know the town and how to pair families with the right vacation rental home.

At Vantage, this is our specialty. Be sure to include us as part of your Ocean City vacation planning. Call one of our friendly reservation specialists today at (410) 723-2002 to book the right accommodations for your summer vacation. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

St. Patrick's Day dogs

Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Activities

Break out the bagpipes and make your plans for a fun and memorable St. Patrick’s Day weekend. As one of the most festive holidays in the area, the full Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day weekend calendar of events includes everything from sports tournaments and races to parades and restaurant openings. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish with your friends and family, Ocean City has something everyone will love.

In fact, there are so many OC St. Patty’s Day events, you simply won’t be able to do them all. So we’re making it easier to plan with a map to the pot o’ gold – that is, some of the most popular events in town.

40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | Saturday, March 16

Ocean City St. Patricks Day Parade
Photo credit: OceanCity.com

Show your Irish pride (no matter where you’re from) and get your fix of green floats, shamrocks and outfits at the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Even the dogs who attend wear green! Be one of the thousands of people who line up along Coastal Highway to watch 100 entries from three states strut their stuff.

This is the place to be to enjoy traditional Irish marching bands and music, cheer for the most spirited floats and catch a glimpse of local Ocean City, MD, celebrities. See who the judges loved after the parade, where awards will be given out for Best Marching Band, Best Motorized Unit, Best Commercial Float and other categories.

The parade is just the beginning. The festival continues throughout the day with live music, dancing, Irish-inspired food and drinks. Treat your family to face painting and games; treat yourself to a raffle and a pint of Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K | Saturday, March 16 – 9:00 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day mascot

An Ocean City, MD, tradition returns with the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K. Runners of all skill levels will start on the boardwalk, take a scenic route toward the inlet and down around the pier. Since it wouldn’t quite be a St. Patrick’s Day race without an Irish pub to mark the finish line, racers wind up at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille with a free Guinness drink ticket – and possibly an awards ribbon – in hand.

Prefer to relax instead of run? The post-race shindig at Shenanigans is part of their weekend fondly known as Paddy Bash. Savor all the corned beef and cabbage you could want, along with festive drink specials and music by James Gallagher & Off the Boat, plus featured guest bands.

Pubs and grub

There are plenty of Irish pubs, bars and restaurants in Ocean City getting in on the St. Patrick’s Day action.

HarBAR crawl begins after Saturday’s parade at 2:00 p.m. and has a shuttle running between locations for maximum party efficiency. You’ll hit Ocean City hotspots like Mad Fish Bar & Grill, Micky Fins Bar & Grill, Crab Alley and Harborside Bar & Grill, all featuring DJs, live music games and more. Planning on visiting all four locations? There’s a special prize just for you! When you’re finally ready to head home, you can get a $5 Uber voucher.

Other locals’ favorites with big St. Patrick’s Day weekend party plans, live entertainment and specials include Seacrets, Pickles Pub, Harpoon Hanna’s, Cowboy Coast, Skye Bar and Dry Dock.

Here’s one to add to your itinerary: There’s a brand-new Irish establishment opening its doors for the first time on Friday, March 15. It’s Wicomico Street’s newest party bar, The Lucky Anchor. Be there for the official grand opening party on Saturday after the St. Patrick’s Day with the legendary DJ Batman.

Book your St. Patty’s day vacay now

Ocean City St. Patrick's Day

These are just a few of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day events in Ocean City, MD. If you’re ready to start planning your celebration in OC, you don’t need luck. Just contact a Vantage reservation specialist at (410) 723-2002 to book the right accommodations for your family and friends. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Best time to visit ocean city MD

When Is the Best Time to Visit Ocean City, MD?

Deciding on the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, all depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your vacation. Are you looking to soak up some sun and enjoy thrilling watersports? Summertime might be for you. Do you dream of peaceful beaches without many crowds? Consider visiting in the spring or fall. We break down each season to help you choose what’s right for you. Take a look and get one step closer to an unforgettable Ocean City vacation!

Learn About the Best Times to Visit Ocean City, MD


Summer

Summer Ocean City MD
Experience a classic summer vacation in Ocean City

It may not come as a surprise that summertime is easily one of the top times to visit Ocean City, Maryland. Daily temperatures reach into the 80s, the beaches seem ever-so-inviting, and the boardwalk is always bustling with activity. You’ll find plenty of free events throughout the area, including fireworks, laser light shows, and live music. It’s truly Ocean City at its best. Since the summer is such a popular time for people to visit, make sure you book early and book direct for the best deal on your vacation rental!

Summer Events

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can always find something fun going on here. Here are some of the many events you won’t want to miss this summer!


Spring

Spring getaway in Ocean City, MD
Spring getaways mean warm days & less crowds

For many people, spring is their favorite time of year in Ocean City, MD. There are still plenty of warm days for afternoons at the beach, and with fewer crowds than summertime. It’s a great opportunity to pick your favorite spot, lay out in the sun, and enjoy the cool breezes. Most restaurants and businesses are still open, and you might be able to enjoy some discounts on the best things to do in Ocean City, Maryland.

Spring Events

Even though the weather cools down, the celebrations don’t! Check out some of the hottest springtime events!


Fall

Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, MD
Classic car-lovers enjoy Endless Summer Cruisin’

When summer ends, Ocean City’s popular “second season” begins. Similar to the spring, fall in Ocean City comes with mild weather, peaceful beaches, and must-see events like the Endless Summer Cruisin’ car shows. Some of the amusement park and watersport companies may be closed, but you can still explore the boardwalk and enjoy the beauty of Northside Park. If you’re road tripping from more inland areas, you get the added benefit of seeing fall foliage along the way!

Fall Events

Here are some annual events you’ll absolutely fall in love with. We sure have!


Winter

Winterfest of Lights
Ride through Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park

Save money and see how Ocean City celebrates the holidays when you visit in the wintertime! Several restaurants remain open, so you can always indulge in our local cuisine, and there are even some indoor mini-golf courses and an ice skating rink! You’ll find great deals throughout the winter, including on our long-term Ocean City, Maryland, rentals!

Winter Events

Watch our 10-mile strip of paradise come alive with holiday cheer at these Ocean City winter events!


Enjoy Year-Round Getaways With Vantage Vacation Rentals

Belmont Towers on the Ocean City Boardwalk
Find your happy place year-round in Ocean City, MD

Whenever you decide to visit Ocean City, Maryland, you can count on having a comfortable place to stay. Vantage is the area’s premier vacation rental provider with properties by the boardwalk, beaches, bay, and beyond! So, wherever — and whenever — you want to relax, we’ll help you get there. Find your happy place and start making memories in Ocean City, MD!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

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Plan a Magical Beach Wedding in Ocean City, MD

Beach Wedding Couple Ocean City
Ocean City, MD, is a romantic place to tie the knot

The sound of the waves, the sun on the horizon, the smell of the salt and feeling of the sand—there are few locales more romantic and appropriate for a wedding than the beach. And Ocean City, MD, makes for a perfect destination wedding for you, your family and your closest friends.

Here are the top tips to plan a beach wedding to remember in Ocean City, Maryland.

Plan well in advance

Every ceremony requires plenty of prep, and that’s especially true for a destination wedding in a popular location like Ocean City, MD. Couples from all over the East Coast flock to Ocean City to tie the knot.

The first thing you’ll need to consider when planning your Ocean City wedding is the timing: Are there any special events, which could draw big crowds and interfere with your plans?

Planning a Beach Wedding
Start by contacting the Town of Ocean City

Then you’ll want to apply for a local marriage license. Contact Worchester County Clerk of Court Office at 410-632-5500 to make sure you know what documents you’ll need to bring. You should discuss your plans with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office (410-289-8931).

Be sure you also have an officiant ready to go: Ocean City, MD, has no Justice of the Peace to oversee your ceremony. Once you have all of your plans set, you must also notify the city.

You may also want to attend the annual Ocean City Bridal Show (held at Seacrets!) to meet with local vendors and professionals who can help you navigate the process of planning a beach wedding. This year’s event will be April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Decide on a location—public, private or resort-style

Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City
Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City

Once you have the red tape out of the way, your first big question is where are you going to hold your ceremony and reception? A public beach might be the most affordable option, but that means anyone can crash your wedding photos. You might be able to reserve sections for yourself, however, so check with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office.

A private beach offers a perfect amount of seclusion, and a restaurant or hotel right near or even on the beach can provide views of the ocean plus a reception venue—but at a higher cost than if you say, “I do” on a public beach.

Enjoy the sunrise (or sunset)

During peak season, it’s going to be hot in the afternoon, so consider a morning or sunset ceremony for a cooler alternative. Your guests—especially the older and younger ones—will be thankful. Your photos will likely come out better, too, as everyone will be glistening less.

Besides, nothing’s more romantic than the sun rising or setting as you enjoy your first kiss as a newlywed couple.

Choose appropriate attire

You want to be comfortable when you’re strolling down the sandy aisle, so opt for lightweight fabric and leave behind the cumbersome (and hot) ball gown. Likewise, the groom and members of the wedding party should don lighter than usual colors and material—linen and cotton make for good options. Groomsmen could even opt out of sport jackets for a more casual look that matches the locale—so no black tuxes.

It could also get windy, so consider leaving behind the lengthy veil. And avoid heels so you don’t sink into the sand: Instead, wear flat sandals or wedges—or go barefoot to feel the sand between your toes for the full beach wedding experience.

Make waves with a sound system

You’re going to spend hours perfecting your vows and the rest of the ceremony, so make sure all of your guests can hear them. The waves of Ocean City, MD, will be loud, and you don’t want them to drown out your proclamations of love. Look into renting a sound system to amplify your pronouncements—especially if you’re filming the proceedings.

Mind your meals

From the hors d’oeuvres to mains and dessert, you’re going to want to put some thought into what you serve at your reception. Outdoor dining on the water demands lighter foods, and you’ll want to keep all cheeses and cream-based items out of the sun. Make sure you serve plenty of water in addition to the champagne so your guests stay hydrated, and choose bubbly wines that will feel refreshing.

Finally, the cake—no wedding is complete without it. Consult with your baker about what fillings and other ingredients will work best under the sun—often, fondant is a better choice than buttercream, and red velvet will do well.

Make sure your flowers can handle the heat

Not all blooms are meant for the high heat and humidity of Ocean City, Maryland, during the summer. When you’re planning your dream beach wedding, you’ll want to keep in mind what’s in the bridal bouquet and what varieties the flower girl will be traipsing down the aisle with. Select ones that do well in tropical weather: orchids, chrysanthemums, plumeria, calla lilies and king protea are all good choices.

Start planning today

Now that you’re ready to plan your beach wedding in Ocean City, Maryland, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

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New Vacation Rentals for 2019 in Ocean City, MD


For Ocean City, Maryland, guests, a new year means exciting new vacation rentals. From cozy two-bedroom condos to luxurious 6-bedroom townhomes, Vantage Vacation Rentals provides plenty of choices to satisfy a variety of preferences. Here’s a sampling of our latest properties newly available in 2019.

The Rainbow

The Rainbow building, located oceanfront on 112th St.

Create a vacation to remember at this property on condo row. The Rainbow community features an outdoor pool, a sun deck and direct access to the beach. Located in North Ocean City, you’ll be within walking distance of plenty of popular restaurants and shopping venues, like Gold Coast Shopping Mall, The Greene Turtle, Pizza Tugos and Candy Kitchen. And you’re mere minutes from the famous Boardwalk. We have two new vacation rentals available at the Rainbow, each with Wi-Fi access, building elevators and two-car parking.

Rainbow 505

Oceanfront balcony of Rainbow 505

Welcome home to a three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo that sleeps eight and maximizes comfort with a fully equipped kitchen, three TVs, a washer/dryer and central air conditioning. Your private balcony affords an exquisite oceanfront view worthy of a postcard—and a few posts on your social media. Rainbow 505’s master bedroom features a queen-size bed, while the other bedrooms have two doubles and two singles, so the property is perfectly suited for large or multiple families.

Rainbow 306

Renovated kitchen & living room of Rainbow 306

Exciting property-wide renovations are on tap for this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo. We’re talking new furniture and décor, new flooring and paint, new cabinets and countertops, new appliances, remodeled bathrooms—the works. What’s not changing? The peace, quiet and view available from your private balcony. There’s no need to bring linens, chairs or umbrellas, because this rental provides it all for 10 guests.

Other amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Washer/dryer
  • Outside shower
  • Four TVs

Sunset Island

Aerial View of Sunset Island
Aerial view of Sunset Island on 67th St.

If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation in one of our new vacation rentals, the Sunset Island gated community is the place for you. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk, these 37 acres still offer plenty of amenities and activities.

The private beach and shoreline paths for walking and biking offer a simply serene beach town experience. Interactive fountains and a kiddie pool give the little ones their own space to splash around while you enjoy expansive indoor and outdoor pools. Plus, the fishing pier and boat docks offer easy access to the best of the bay. If you need a break from sand and water, escape to the library, fitness center, club house or party room. When you’re hungry, you won’t have to go far. Sunset Island has a general store and snack bar, as well as the bayfront Sanibel’s restaurant.

Two magnificent townhouses are waiting for you here:

36 Sunset Island Drive

Living room of 36 Sunset Island Dr. in Sunset Island

Sip on a refreshing beverage and take in your own personal, impressive view of the ocean from the private beach. And feel free to invite the whole family: This sweeping five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom unit comfortably sleeps 11 people. There’s plenty to enjoy outdoors—including from the beautiful balcony—and indoors, where you can unwind with Netflix on one of the unit’s six TVs.

15 Beach Walk Lane

Dining area of 15 Beach Walk Ln. in Sunset Island

Balconies bookend this five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom beach rental that sleeps 12 guests. It’s an ideal place for large families—or multiple families—to spend time together. Find relaxation along the townhouse’s quiet tree-lined street or fun at the nearby clubhouse, pool and fountains.

Each property comes with:

  • Central air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Dishwasher
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • Washer and dryer
  • Three-car parking

Not far from the Sunset Island community, you’ll find the best food, shopping and sports that Ocean City, MD, has to offer.

Sunset Landing 46

Bay view from the balcony of Sunset Landing 46

What’s special about this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo? Its unbeatable bayfront location and stellar sunset views. It also comes with a fully equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy home-cooked meals while taking in the ocean air. This rental sleeps eight and offers dedicated eating and play areas for the kids. Board games will be waiting for you when you arrive!

Swim laps in the complex’s outdoor pool, walk just two blocks to the beach or take your family for a night out at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park. The Ocean City, MD, Boardwalk is also easily accessible.

Other amenities include:

  • Dishwasher
  • Outside shower
  • Balcony
  • Washer/dryer

Sunset Beach 109

Sunset Beach 109
Updated kitchen and living room of Sunset Beach 109

This oceanside vacation rental features an open floorplan for family and friends to make memories, plus an expansive balcony to watch classic models on car show weekends. Six can sleep comfortably in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, which comes with a stunning rooftop pool for private unwinding time.

Located on the bayside in vibrant Midtown Ocean City, you’ll be only a short stroll away from the beach, a variety of favorite restaurants, 48th St. Watersports, mini-golf and the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Two flat-screen TVs
  • Washer/dryer
  • Balcony
  • Two-car covered parking

Ocean Colony 2

Ocean Colony 2 Oceanfront View
Oceanfront view from Ocean Colony 2

Treat yourself to an exceptional Ocean City vacation rental located right on the beach. This newly renovated four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse sleeps 10 and includes two balconies with spectacular ocean views. Take the steps down to the sand for easy access on and off the beach.

You can also relax at the outdoor pool and enjoy the convenience of being only a walk away from Seacrets, mini-golf and Odyssea Watersports.

Additional amenities include:

  • Three-car private parking (including garage and driveway)
  • Three TVs
  • Washer/dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Thunder Island 46B

Thunder Island Pool
Relax by the pool at Thunder Island 46

The beach, Seacrets, Jolly Roger Amusements, the Convention Center—walk to your favorite Ocean City, Maryland, destinations from your two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at the center of it all. This unit sleeps eight and comes with a full kitchen and dishwasher. You can easily rent a boat or simply soak up rays around the outdoor pool.

Other amenities to enhance your stay include:

  • Washer/dryer
  • Three TVs
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Harbour Towne 301D

Harbour Towne 301D Living Room
Cozy living room & dining area of Harbour Towne 301D

Enjoy the serenity and sunlight of this spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom corner unit. High ceilings, an open floorplan and a balcony to watch boats pass by along the bay are just a few of this top-floor unit’s perks. You’ll be walking distance from the beach and Downtown Ocean City, putting you in proximity to the area’s top attractions. Leave busy traffic behind and enjoy convenient access to the Boardwalk, Phillips Crab House, Fish Tales, Embers, mini-golf and amusement parks.

Other amenities include:

  • Three flat-screen TVs
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private balcony
  • Washer/dryer
  • Parking for two vehicles

Book Your Next Vacation Rental Now

Are you ready to plan your next Ocean City, Maryland, summer getaway in one of our newest vacation rental properties? Want to explore additional options? We’re here to help. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002, or book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

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Sunset Island 2019: Luxury Amenities, Exciting Activities

Life moves at a slower pace at Sunset Island, a serene 37-acre gated bayfront community just blocks from the ocean on 67th Street in Ocean City, MD. Surrounded by water on three sides, Sunset Island features a variety of vacation rental property options, including spacious townhomes, single family homes and condos. The community caters to guests of all ages and interests with private beaches, scenic shoreline paths, multiple pools, a fishing pier and so much more.

Here’s a look at what’s waiting for you when you choose vacation rentals at Sunset Island—including some exciting new additions!

Marisol’s Market & Café

Marisol's Market in Sunset Island
Grab a bite to eat at Marisol’s Market in Sunset Island

If you’re looking for quick pool snacks, a morning latte before your workout at Sunset Island’s first-class gym or a bottle of wine to bring to the beach to toast a breathtaking sunset, Marisol’s Market & Café has you covered. Located across from the interactive fountains, this grab-and-go gem puts everything at your fingertips. Along with sandwiches, salads, ice cream, pastries and even Starbucks coffee, Marisol’s stocks general store items and beach sundries for your convenience.

Marisol’s Beach Shuttle

Marisol’s Beach Shuttle was a big hit at Sunset Island for 2018—and it’s back this year by popular demand. Forget about lugging heavy loads of beach chairs, coolers, toys and gear or fighting for a parking spot. Just catch the shuttle running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week (fee required). You can pick up your ride to the beach every 30 minutes in front of Marisol’s—pastry in hand, of course. When it’s time to return to your oasis, simply hop on the shuttle as it drops fellow vacationers off, every 30 to 45 minutes.

Sanibel’s at Sunset Island—NEW for 2019!

Brand-new, full-service, all-day long—Sanibel’s at Sunset Island is making a splash this summer. With indoor and outdoor seating, this serene waterfront restaurant is serving up delicious fare come rain or shine. It’s a prime spot for people watching and gazing at Ocean City’s gorgeous sunset. Sanibel’s has both a tiki bar and a full-service upstairs bar, the Island Pub, which features large screen TVs for watching your favorite teams on the diamond. Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials as well as live entertainment all week.

If you’d rather savor your meal in the comfort of home, Sanibel’s delivers by golf cart right to your door.

Events and activities galore

The Waibel family at Sunset Island’s annual 4th of July Parade

There’s so much to do at Sunset Island, you don’t even have to venture outside its gates to enjoy a full vacation. The calendar of activities for 2019 includes movies on the beach, painting classes, an ice cream social and a 4th of July parade where guests decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers. The special Maryland Coastal Bays Program SIENE (Sunset Island Explore, Navigate, Educate) takes guests on an investigation of the critters around Sunset Island’s main beach.

Sunset Island is also famous for its array of resort-style luxury amenities available to guests every day. For instance, you have your choice of three private, pristine bayfront beaches around Sunset Island’s perimeter. Visit the on-site library before you head out and borrow a riveting beach read. Whenever the mood strikes, take a refreshing dip in the indoor and outdoor pools. There a special pool just for kids, who will also love splashing around in the interactive fountains.

Sunset Island Indoor Pool
Take a swim at Sunset Island’s indoor pool

Some of the best moments at Sunset Island are the quietest ones. Take in the full natural beauty of the property during a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the peaceful one-mile shoreline path. Try your luck fishing and crabbing on the 100-foot pier extending into the bay.

If you’re serious about staying in shape, help yourself to Sunset Islands’ state-of-the-art fitness center. You’ll find treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free weights and Nautilus equipment—along with a series of flat-screen TVs—for a complete workout.

Book Your Sunset Island Stay Today

Sunset Island Nature Path
Walk, jog or bike on Sunset Island’s nature path

Already excited about these wonderful amenities? Plan your trip to Sunset Island now. Vantage offers a large selection of Sunset Island vacation properties, including condos, townhomes and single family homes. To get started, simply contact our team at (410) 723-2002, or visit https://www.vantageoceancity.com/search-by-resort/sunset-island.

And remember to book direct through Vantage to get the lowest rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.